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Al Jazeera America
Dec 3, 2013 11:00am EST
. his wife and supporters plan to go to the white house this afternoon, hoping to pressure president obama and gain gross's freedom. libby will you remind us about alan grossman, what he was doing in cuba when he was detained? >> reporter: sure, stephanie, when he was 60 years old from the d.c. suburbs, he was working in cuba for the u.s. agency for international development, in in work that was designed to help the jewish community in cuba get better access to the internet. they arrested him on his departure back to the d.c. area and convicted him of subversive communication in a project. and since that time his family has been fighting to get him out. >> we are also hearing that allan gross has made a personal plea to the president. >> that's right. he has written a letter and says he felt abandoned by his country. his wife had to sell their home, his career is essentially ruined. he spent 20 years doing develop work overseas, and he says that has all been destroyed now, and he feels, and the family feels that the obama administration could be doing more. he is a really a victim of
Al Jazeera America
Dec 5, 2013 2:00pm EST
. >> what's the reason response to this. >> well, house speaker today said if president obama has a plan on paper to extend them, he will take a look at it, so that is a little bit of a hint of some potential break through, however, he reviewed the republican perspective of it's about the economy, and we have a plan to improve the economy, and that's not related to social benefit programs. >> that we create more american jobs and better american wages. the republicans continue to focus on strengthening the economy for middle class families. that's why we passed nearly 150 bills many of them will help our economy, they are still sitting in the united states senate. so you hear a difference, how republicans approach things and democrats approach things. he also used his time to rail against obama-care, the federal healthcare law, he says that's one of the other priorities that and getting the economy going less so than working on the unemployment benefit issue. >> and torment, the labor department releases the november employment numbers. stick with al jazeera america for full coverage of
Al Jazeera America
Dec 3, 2013 2:00pm EST
near the white house today to call on president obama to do more to help treat allen gross. the american contractor has been held in a cuban prison for four years. he was there to set up internet service. but cuba says it was part of a blot to undermine its government. he was convicted and sentenced to 15 years in jail. libby casey joins us now, libby, what happened at the vigil that was held today. >> allen gross lives outside of d.c., and he was very involved in the jewish community, and what he had gone down to do was set up internet hubs. he was a sun con track for the u.s. government, the agency for international development. so judy gross, just says that her husband was doing his job and time for the u.s. government to get more active and more involved in bringing him hold. she wants to put a personal face to the story. by now after 2004 years in a cuban prison he has changed. he has lost a lot of weight, he is not the man he used to be, and she is doing everything she can to pressure president obama to get more involved. >> i unction that he made an appeal on this the fou
Al Jazeera America
Dec 3, 2013 8:00pm EST
us to the white house. >> we are not going back, john, that is what president obama said he was talking about the days before the affordable care ability when 41 million americans were uninsured. what the president was trying to do se essentially is saying we e not going back to the last two months. the president's healthcare.gov website where folks go on the individual market place to get insurance has been a disaster. and the president now believes that they have turned -- that is what he was trying to do is get back on offense here. he has nervous democrats and look being ingandlooking at whae gubernatorial race a few weeks ago. and there is the three week window. if you are going to sign up and have it effective by january 1st you have to sign up in three weeks. >> john? this pr campaign is it about obamacare or is it about the president trying to defend himself from his critics? >> it's a interesting question, john you saw the president in the briefing room behind me abjectologieabject apologies. today it was more of a redemption. the president trying to goat bacget backon
Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 2:00pm EST
. >> mike viqueria our white house correspondent thank you very much. >> all righty. >> president obama is heading to south africa to head the delegation hong honoring former president nelson mandela. with him are first lady michelle obama and presidents clinton and carter are expected to attend the services. george h.w. bush will be the only living u.s. president who will not be in attendance. the town where the former president grew up, workers are setting up a massive dome ahead of the state funeral which takes place on sunday. nelson mandela will lie in state at pretoria. from wednesday through sun. desmond tutu, the nelson mandela center, hosting a service to celebrate the iconic leader. as allen schauffler, reports: >> this is nelson mandela square one of the tribute sites set up around this country. it is also the heart of high end retail in johannesburg in one of the richest districts in this country. and as we found out today, many of the people who work in this neighborhood as you might expect live in a very different world. mandela square mall in santon, some of the most expensi
Al Jazeera America
Dec 7, 2013 2:00am EST
for work. it's good news for the barack obama administration. with unemployment insurance to expire for 1.3 million if condepress doesn't act by the end. month, the white house is stuck in an ironic situation. they are arguing for an end to the cut if growth improves, gdp, in the last court, and down to 7% on friday, the lowest in five years. the administration says unemployment insurance has to be extended. white house spokesman jay carney made the case on friday afternoon. >> the news we have today reinforces that we need to address the problem and extend the unemployment insurance benefits to those individuals. this is a persistent problem. it would be terrible to tell more than a million families across the country, a few days after christmas, that they are out of benefit, that we hope that congress will, as it has in the past, address the challenge. >> one of the more interesting things about the economic numbers, the good economic numbers is they haven't improved - the unemployment rate went down despite the gridlock in washington and the political hold the economy back. you h
Al Jazeera America
Dec 2, 2013 12:00pm EST
continue to see that. thank you. >> the obama administration said it has met it's deadline to fix the healthcare.gov website. the administration promised all would be well in november. we will gather to the white house with more details, mike, this was a big deadline for the administration. are all the problems with the website solved? >> reporter: they aren't all solved but they say its like night and day after that disastrous launch of octobe october 1st. they cite certain benchmarks, certain metrics, error rates down to 1%. they were 6% at the outset of this debacle in the estimation of administration officials. as many as 800,000 a day and they achieved 90% functionality. you recall that by the end of last month, november 31st they had promised an 80% functionality. by their own estimation they have exceeded that. but that's by their own estimation. for the time being we'll have to take their word for it. it's all a anecdotal at this point. there are questions about the website's security when people are entering sensitive personal information and data, and about insurers on the b
Al Jazeera America
Dec 5, 2013 2:00am EST
obama says he'll devote the rest of his term to addressing the widening gap between the rich and poor, calling it the defining challenge of our time. mike viqueira has more from the white house. >> the facts are beyond dispute and the president sought to highlight the growing gap between rich and pore, striking a populous thing. he was up to two themes, themes struck throughout the presidency, first and second term. he talked about the growing cap between rich and poor, and trying to raise the minimum wage, backing a height or legislation of $10.10. many states are moving on their own. the president was trying to somehow up his political base after a roll out of healthcare.gov. democrats are disspirited and concerned heading into the elections. this was the latest in a series of events. the president spoke to the base and what he said was music to the ears. talking about income disperty, talking about the need for stronger unions and ending discrimination in the workplace, tying the affordable care act into all of it. here is more of what the president said. >> the idea that a ch
Al Jazeera America
Dec 5, 2013 8:00pm EST
mad gaddafi and fidel castro drew criticism, he still visited the white house a number of times. in 2002, joshing w bush presented him with the presidential medal of freedom. barack obama met mandela only once, in 2005, when obama was still a senator. after just one term as president, mandela stepped down. but he did not slow his pace. his charitable foundation raised money for a variety of causes. he made his last major public appearance, the crowd honoring him with a thunderous ovation. the former first lady was at his side through his battles with prostate cancer that hospitalized him near the end. never, and never again, shall it be that experience, the oppressive of one for another. in fact, shall never effect on so glorious a human achievement. thank you. >> nelson mandela. the new south africa, dead at 95. we are about 50 teen minutes away from america tonight to continue our coverage, tell us what is coming up. >> yeah, john, i don't know about you but i was struck by the number of voice swrez heard from today. of course, the long sense of concern about mandela's health, com
Al Jazeera America
Dec 7, 2013 6:00am EST
news for the obama generation. with unemployment insurance set to expire, the white house is stuck in an ironic situation. they are arguing for an extension. if growth is improved, it was announced thursday and friday down to 7% unemployment, the lowest in five years. the administration says that unemployment insurance has got to be extended. white house spokesman jay carney made the case on friday afternoon. >> the news we have today eenforces that we need to address the problem and extend unemployment insurance benefits to those individuals. this is a persistent problem. it would be terrible to do that to more than a million families across the country a few days after christmas, that they are out of benefits. we hope congress will, as it has in the past, addressed the challenge. an interesting thing about the economic numbers, is they haven't improved the unemployment rate - it went down despite the gridlock in washington and the political head wind. you have to wonder how good the growth would be without the head wind or the government shutdown that threatened the economy over the
Al Jazeera America
Dec 3, 2013 6:00pm EST
a new push to sell his healthcare law from the white house. president obama is launching a 20-day campaign to win back critical support. mike viqueira joins us from the white house. mike, it has been--we have documented almost every day of the two months and the difficulty in the roll out. what would you say the president is trying to accomplish for today's event? >> there were a couple of things. number one, two weeks ago the president was abject in his apology, contrite about all of the in snafus and however you t to name it, all the problems, and the two months that was really lost. he said listen we've got most of this worked out. the vast majority of people who logged on are going to have a successful experience. let's turn the page. because over the course of the next three weeks if you're going to get insurance through the website, and you want to be insured by january 1st. the kick off date for obamacare then you got to get on the stick. he wanted to reassure americans that the healthcare law was working and reassure democrats his core supporters. part of this was a politi
Al Jazeera America
Dec 5, 2013 6:00pm EST
your choice. country's infrastructure. he met the white house, meeting with three sitting presidents. in 2002 george w. bush presented him with the medal of freedom. president obama met mandela once in 2005, when obama was a senator. after one term as president mandela stepped down. he did not slow his pace. his charitable foundation raised money for a variety of causes. when south africa hosted soccer's world cup tournament in july 2010 he made his last major public appearance at the final game. the crowd honoured him with a thunderous ovation. his third wife, grassa michelle, the former first lady of mozambique was at his side during his battles with prostate cancer and lung infections that hospitalized him in the end. >> never, and never again, that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another, and suffer the indignity of being the scum of the world. the sun shall never set on so glorious a human achievement. god bless africa. thank you. nelson mandela dead at 95. >> let's get to the white house, mike viqueira is the white house correspondent and he h
Al Jazeera America
Dec 4, 2013 8:00pm EST
-- making o the top. he's ten times modifier likely to stay where he is. >> president obama states statistics that shows the average american income is shrinking. the president asked the congress to raise the minimum to $7.10 an hour. encouraging government dependence. white house correspondent mike viqueria joins us with more. mike, why the speech and why now? >> it's a great question john. first of all the facts that the president and the statistics that the president cited are beyond dispute. there is a growing income disparity in the country. the top 1% has seen their incomes triple, the lower middle class has seen a below 1% grow in real money terms. these are themes that the president has hit time and time again through the course of his presidency. echoing a speech 100 years ago from teddy roosevelt, in a place in osatomony, kansas. he talked about it again in his state of the union. it comes at a time it's undeniable, he's on the political rocks here. out of the unhealthy rollout of healthcare.gov, this is the latest in a series of events given at the center for american pr
Al Jazeera America
Dec 4, 2013 6:00am EST
game. the new rule was imposed by president obama three years ago. we'll learn whether the housing recovery lost momentum. some data was delayed by the shut down. increases are expected despite higher mortgage rates. one economists says it's not just institutional investors helping the housing markets.. >> now you are seeing a lot of home buyers who are not institutional investors, who have better credit scores, and have decided that the time is about good to start buying home. and bankers are becoming more confident about the situation. >> we'll get a hint about friday's anticipated jobs report. payroll firm reports on how many private sector jobs were created last month. wall street has some of its moo back. after the do you closed lower on tuesday for a third straight day. the do you jones falling blow the 15,000 mark. the nasdaq holding above the 4,000 level. overseas european markets struggle to bounce back after three days of losses. markets ended the day lower. japan led the cle client, with the nikkei falling. chinese shares rallied on news of financial reforms in the regio
Al Jazeera America
Dec 4, 2013 6:00pm EST
. the obama administration was expecting enrollment numbers. the president talked about healthcare during an event at the white house this afternoon. mike viqueira joins us from the white house. mike, what is this, the second day in a row? the president has held an event where he's talking about healthcare, right? >> that's right. they're trying to turn the page from the lost two months. the bungled roll out of healthcare.gov and the issues surrounding it, and now it's crunch time. the president was talking to a group that is vital to the success of the affordable care act, and that is young invincibles. his point was to try--he was talking to supporters, really, but to try to talk to young people and talk to other young people. young folks who go without insurance are vital to the success the affordable chair act because they're healthy and their healthcare costs and needs are few. yet they'll be required to buy insurance and it's all figured into the formula. it all balances out. it's the only way it can work. the president spoke to this group, the rebutte of healthcare, the affo
Al Jazeera America
Dec 8, 2013 6:00am EST
defense zones overlapping with china's. >> official mourning for nelson mandela. the white house says pam yes and mrs. obama will attend a memorial on tuesday. >> it's an exciting conference - a day that shook up the b.c. s. >> i'm tracking rain, snow and where you'll see dangerous >> we sustain in just a minute. >> frozen solid - major american cities at a standstill as an ice storm drifts across the country with its sites set on the east coast. >> south korea expands its air space zone increasing tensions in the region. >> boots on the ground - hundreds of french troops sent to central african republic. >> nelson mandela's family shares their grief. the first lady plans to travel to south africa for the memorial with president obama. >> welcome to al jazeera america. i'm richelle carey. >> officially much of the country is experiencing wintry temperatures. the major heardland took a beating from a storm. it's heading to the east coast. experts say it will last a day, but they are expecting snow, ice and rain. boston countries are preparing for lots of rain and 6 inches of snow. a wi
Al Jazeera America
Dec 2, 2013 6:00am EST
: that is president obama special advisor in charge of fixing the website that was originally bogged down with hundreds of bugs. the white house says dramatic progress has been made with the site performing with private sector velocity and a lower error rate and capacity to handle 50,000 visitors at once and if it's too busy there is a virtual waiting room that will e-mail you when it's less crowded. the new report shows administration hit the big benchmark. >> 50,000 at one time, 800,000 people a day. look this will take some time before it's up and kicking in full gear. i think what we have to look at is those states where you have well functioning websites like california, like new york, like kentucky, all of them are signing people up. >> reporter: republicans see it differently. >> here is the problem, you have 15% of the population didn't have health insurance when this started roughly and we think the number was high and think it was closer to 10. what they have done is disrupted it for 85% that had healthcare and their costs are going up significantly. so we have broken the s
Al Jazeera America
Dec 6, 2013 12:00pm EST
obama joined leaders around the world in mourning the death of nelson mandela. the white house says the president and the first lady will travel to south africa to at ten the state funeral. the two met in 2005 when obama was a senator in illinois. the president travelled to south africa in june but he was too ill to meet with mandela. libby casey joins us now. >> gratitude and so much remembrance has come pouring in from all over washington. president obama recalled how as a young man he was first inspired to political action back in college by going to an anti apartheid rally. and he talked about the role model that mandela. the president yesterday remembered his words that nelson mandela said he wanted to see an ideal, a society where there was democracy and freedom for all. >> nelson mandela lived for that ideal, and he made it real. he achieved more than could be expected of any man. and said he has gone home. and we have lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings with on this earth. he no longer belongs to us. he belongs to the ages. >> remembranc
Al Jazeera America
Dec 10, 2013 12:00pm EST
white house in washington thank you very much. >>> bill clinton's former chief of staff is joining the obama administration. he will become a senior counselor to the president. president obama's approval ratings are now at all-time lows. he has been an outside advisor to the white house since 2008. >>> the democratically lead senate confirming the president's first judicial nominee. previous senate measures blocked nominations, but under new rules republican ares have been stripped of their power to filibuster. >>> coming up the agency tasked with destroying syria's chemical weapons says it might miss a deadline. >>> and the first female ceo at a major auto maker. >>> and the coldest day ever recorded on planet earth happened just yesterday. we'll tell you where and how cold it got. >>> and here is a look outside live over new york city. i'm meteorologist dave warren looking at the snow moving through the northeast. the visibilities are down. not all that low, though. so the snow is fairly moderate but it is sticking. watching this closely, because it is sticking, causing a lot of prob
Al Jazeera America
Dec 3, 2013 6:00am EST
smoothly the obama administration is back in sales mode and president obama will kickoff a campaign today to promote the affordable care act. the white house wants to point out the benefits of the reform law and they plan to focus on a specific benefit each day until the sign up deadline on december 23, that is when anyone who needs coverage on january 1st must be enrolled. the white house is offering money to ensurers so people who like their health plans can keep them. the obama administration says the payments would offset the cost of reinstating cancelled policies and millions of people received cancellation notices and the cancelled policies do not meet the standards of the healthcare law. it was an attack that standed the dance world, now the verdict is in for a former member of russia's famed ballet and find out why you may have to pay sales tax for everything you buy online and the fight over food and they are considering cutting subsidies to some of the world's poorest people. ♪ ♪ good morning and welcome back to al jazeera america and i'm thomas and coming up, in a mom
Al Jazeera America
Dec 6, 2013 6:00pm EST
is the white house's take. >> reporter: there is a paint by numbers aspect ever since the obama administration took office. yes, the unemployment rate has largely gone down. private sector employment has increased for two years running now. the white house will say its good news but there is more work to be done. that's what they said today. the better the economy improves, that gdp rate that came out and shocked everything in the third quarter. 3.6% growth. that's nearly rebust but not near full employment strength. >> i think we just lost mike. we did. my apologies. still ahead on al jazeera america. the latest on the wintery blast causing problems in several states. >>> and trying to keep a deadly conflict from growing worse. plans to stop a slot center africa. that's next. >> bitter cold ice and heavy snow battering the southwest. thkentucky is experiencing real problems on the road. take a look at these pictures. in texas at least 180,000 people have lost power. mark snyder has the latest for us in dallas. >> here's a taste of what it looks like most of the day. here americ
Al Jazeera America
Dec 3, 2013 2:00am EST
investigators on wednesday. >> president obama will kick off a campaign tuesday to promote the benefits of the affordable care act. the white house issued new figures showing that healthcare.gov is running smoothly. the website will be tested in the next three weeks as americans race to beat the insurance sign-up deadline. al jazeera's mike viqueira has more from washington. >> there is good new and bad news when it comes to the beleaguered website healthcare.gov. a largely lost two months, and now many of problems are fix, and not a moment too soon. some statistics they came out with. on october 1st they set a total of six individuals successfully logged on and enrolled for health insurance under the affordable care act. the error rate was 6%. now as of november 30th - that was the target date, the error rate is less than 1%. now up to 800,000 individuals can log on to the website in any given day - 50,000 at one time. still, many of the problems persist. first, there are questions about security. the data of enrollees, folks that log on, personal information, security on the website not
Al Jazeera America
Dec 5, 2013 11:00pm EST
houses meeting with three sitting american properties. in 2002 george w. bush presented him with the presidential medal of freedom. barack obama met nelson mandela in 2005, when barack obama was a senator. after one term as president nelson mandela stepped down. he did not slow his pace. his charitable foundation raised money for a number of causes. >> when south africa hosted the world cup tournament in 2010, he made his last public appearance. the crowd honoured him to thunderous ovation. >> his third wife, graca machel, former first lady of mozambique, was at his side during prostate cancer and lingering lung infections. >> never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another. and suffer the indignity of being the skunk of the world. the sun never set on so glorious a human achievement. let freedom rain. god bless africa. >> nelson mandela, an enduring father of the new south africa dead at 95. >> nelson mandela's life work extended behind the native south africa. we sat with civil rights leader the reverend jessie jacks
PBS
Dec 10, 2013 5:30am PST
feel the need to know that chinese vice president shall instead of reading barack obama the former us presidents read robin's house for the cuban president of. i mean what does this mean for it goes far beyond the sentiment of the individual mostly this means something for south africa as a as a country as a people. right and justice as well as to what it means beyond the bus and of itself i'm such a celebration serve many different cities the more rose to more or less serious. he's standing up to some extent it's not me well the folks on the montana state. and the same time. some kind of did not teach and gizmos. it follows conclude that talk about eighty six on the road use the media. some of the group. topics to talk about. a sickly. most importantly the beach to the states on the world. this is the most important job but someone's got to be put in more than ninety thousand in the stadium itself on medieval tens of thousands of millions in the one to get inside africa around the globe. right now. this is the case for the last couple also those folks up and running around at the
PBS
Dec 1, 2013 5:00pm PST
battles the white house faces to make this agreement stake today that diplomacy open up a new path toward a world that is more secure. and flying in the face of president obama. what was needed. geneva. let's talk this over with. so the store instead. you will. it's in an environment where israel as well as the u s lawmakers don't think that iraq should develop nuclear technology at all. the obama administration actually engage in diplomatic acrobatics to both acknowledge he runs right to peaceful nuclear energy and not acknowledge it at the same time. we approach these negotiations with a basic understanding. iran like any nation should be able to access peaceful nuclear energy. but because of its record of violating its obligations. iran must accept strict limitations on its nuclear programs that make it impossible to develop a nuclear weapon. the scope and role of iran's enrichment as is set forth in the language within this document says that iran's peaceful nuclear program is subject to a negotiation and to mutual agreement. despite the officials attend school team the hawks w
MSNBC
Dec 3, 2013 11:00am PST
president obama to speak at the white house, he's expected any minute now, seeking to move past the problems of the health care website, mr. obama will try to refocus attention on the benefits of the affordable care act. all of this comes with the white house insisting that its december 1st deadline for getting the website working for the vast majority of users. joining me now senior political editor mark murray. i'm curious, what details we know and what the administration has revealed about what we will see between now and december 23rd. i guess at the heart of the question is will the president be the front of this sales pitch? so often he's seen as the most effective person for the obama administration but may be able to push the traffic to the website. >> tamron, he's going to be the primary salesman, may not be the chief person every day between now and december 23rd but the white house is putting him out today. we're going to see him on thursday with chris matthews in an interview he'll have with hard ball and touting individual components of the health care law. for those co
MSNBC
Dec 6, 2013 11:00am PST
white house as well, which confirmed this morning that president obama and first lady michelle obama will participate in memorial events. the guest list for his funeral will likely include every living u.s. president able to travel along with dignitaries from around the world and celebrities across the globe today, countless newspapers paying tribute. as president obama says now belongs to the ages. >> we have lost one of the most influential, courageous, and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth. >> and this morning, on the "today" show, former secretary of state colin powell who attended mandela's inauguration, shared what he meant to him. >> a man who never forget his principles, prepared to go to prison as long as it took in defense of his principles and as he said on a number of occasions, i'm ready to give my life forewhat i believe in. and he triumphed. >> world leaders have been paying tribute including pope francis, who in a telegram writes, since his death was announced there's been celebration and vigils and services in mandel
PBS
Dec 4, 2013 11:30am PST
pain at over one kneeling and nt dollars what if the houses over eighty teens. over seventy percent of households requirements. the building would be categorized as a luxury housing luxury homes including taipei scars or pal is seeing if obama. fact is that clients and tending to our son and four ep building sea star. i like garden and to make quilts that are on the list. however scholars said the listing agents questioned the fact of the new measure. the ministry of finance that that they would implement tax inspections on the tree houses every year. and if the administration found that the seller or buyer if they get taxes. by late this would have to pay back taxes and would face a fine that is twice the amount of back taxes. several local cities grow on the end of the twenty thirteen edition of the united nations environment program sponsored the international awards for livable communities. collis who won four gold three silver and green lawn so what's making it that because the winner of the night on a full suitcase for the past several years costume has actively promoted a new pr
MSNBC
Dec 10, 2013 11:00am PST
president obama and raul castro, white house again insisting this was not something that was preplanned and if look at how it went down there, it seems as if that is the case. but florida republican senator, marco rubio, a vocal critic of the castro regime and administration as well, has already said, if the president was going to shake his hand, he should have asked him about those basic freedoms that mandela was associated with that are denied in cuba. john mccain saying, it gives raul some propaganda to continue to prop up his dikt torial brutal regime. that's all. and michael beschloss, given the circumstances, president obama bounded up the stairs and ran into raul castro. could he have not shaken his hand? how significant would it have been if the president of the united states just turned his head? >> i think the chances of that would have been about zero, craig. look at it. you're at the funeral -- number one this was a funeral. number two it was the funeral of nelson mandela, who among so many other things we've been talking about the last two days with a in favor of reconcilia
MSNBC
Dec 2, 2013 11:00am PST
potter, author of obama care, what's in it for me. senior white house reporter for politico and luke chung, founder of a software development firm located in virginia. thanks for joining us. i wanted to start with you luke, you were quoted in an article about the administration and what this website should be able to do here. now today the latest concern is the back to front, what's happening on the so-called back end, meaning the information people can get on now and the distribution of the information and the details to the insurance companies here. how does the administration fix it from now front to what we're now talking about, the back portion of this? >> that's been the big challenge for the whole administration during the process, to get consumers through the marketplace to choose something they want, apply for a subsidy and there are a lot of steps in there that need to work correctly so that people essentially can work through that whole -- >> that's part of the concerns we're hearing today from the insurance industry wendell, this back end information, that's supposed to d
FOX News
Dec 10, 2013 10:00am PST
jared can't do? >> we reported that the obama white house is inclined at this point to fight and start to take the issue of obama care to republicans and to try to make all of the failures that people are seeing across the specter of obama care and blame them for sabstaging the law. he is a fighter here in washington and respected in some quarters and he's feared. this is what the white house wants to do as part of the effort to clean up obama care and be aggressive with the republicans on the pr front? >> john podesta is known for helping with the turbulent waters in the monica lewinsky and clinton white house. is that skill transferable to the over haul of health care? >> it is a different kind of damage control we are talking about. they are huge policy problems that the white house is facing. talking to proponents of obama care and critics. no one can tell you five steps to solve the problem with obama care. whether you are talking about high deductibles. they are problems that are a result of the plan and they are features and not bugs. john podesta is going to have a hard t
FOX News
Dec 3, 2013 10:00am PST
overreach when it comes to obama care when the president decayed businesses. >> the house judiciary said the president cannot write his own laws. >> from obama care and immigration the administration is picking which laws to enforce. there is no unlaterally waiving or suspending or revising the laws. >> the democrats said the president is doing what the law provides and that is a legal challenge today. >> here is another one. to america's premier catholic university. notre dame using the administration over the law. there is a controversial man date of employers put care in their claims. the judge rowelled that it had no standing since the man date was yet in effect. >> it will kick in on january 1st. >> the greater assault on the obama care on the docket with the judge. the legal challenges that could embroil obama care for years. >> the judges have a lot to say about. that >> we want to know today, how can the president sell obama care to you today? >> send us a tweet@bill hemmer. >> and@alisyn camerota. snu can see it here. >> and they are rolling in already today. >> one, a question
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Dec 6, 2013 4:30am PST
. >> president obama attending a hanukah reception at the white house, remembered mandela as a champion of human rights. >> a moral giant who embodied the dignity and courage and home and sought to bring about justice in south africa but to inspires millions around the world. >> they were moved by his long walk to freedom imprisoned for 27 years he was a global symbol of the fight against apartheid from the cell he rallied millions against race. and injustice. in 1990 the south african government, under heavy pressure at home and from around the world released mandela and began dismantling apartheid. >> never again shall it be that this beautiful land will be oppressed one by another. >> next week, south africa will hold a memorial at a stadium that seats 95,000 people. the white house says president obama will attend. >> thank you. hearts are heavy around the world and here in the bay area where the antiapartheid movement took center stage decades ago. mandela visited the bay area in june of 1990 including a speech in front of 58,000 people looking to see him at oakland coliseum. he just
FOX News
Dec 8, 2013 10:00am PST
could turn into an historic storm event. >>> secretary of state john kerry testifies before the house foreign affairs committee about the deal, ahead. we'll talk to the chairman of that committee about to to expect. >>> and constitutional scholars say president obama is getting too powerful and exercising what the constitution was meant to avoid. we'll talk about the boundaries of the event. i'm shannon bream. we begin with the deadly winter storm with an icy winter grip that has taken hold of much of the country. freezing rain, sleet, and snow is moving instead steadily at t hour. crews are clearing ice while frustrated travelers wait it all out. our chief meteorologist has the latest. hello, dana. >> hi, shannon. you mentioned it. it's going to be brutal for the next 12 to 24 hours. as we look ahead, d.c. is going to see snow right now and then it's going to change over to a wintry mix of freezing rain is and/or sleet. to the south of this area, that's where we're seeing this icy mix. the purples, pinks, and that's going to move in. unfortunately, to the d.c. area over the next 12 t
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Dec 6, 2013 12:00pm PST
things that attracted me were things that pleased my soul. >> white house press secretary jay carney said president obama and the first lady are planing to travel to south africa next week to pay their residents to the memory of nelson mandell a- however they say the details of the trip are still being worked out. in washington, i am emily schmidt. >> coming up san jose police say a quick acting security guard helped them arrest a driver accused of ramming into a police car and running away. >>> also a controversial new decision today from the obama administration. we will tell you about the legislation that allows a national bird to be killed. we will be right back. >>> welcome back to the ktvu news at noon and a missing teenager was found this morning in southern california and airlifted to safety by a los angeles sheriff's department helicopter. 19-year-old boric him got lost yesterday and had fall in down a ravine while hiking in the san gabriel mountains near pasadena. according to police kim was suicidal over a recent break up, she was alert however her condition is unknown. >>
PBS
Dec 5, 2013 4:00pm PST
as a sinner who keeps on trying. >> president obama speaking at the white house just a few minutes ago with his moving tribute having heard the news that former president mandela has died. by james robbins, our diplomatic correspondent who spent several years in south africa. what is your memory of the time that you were there? >> my strongest memory is of the immense privilege of being in cape town on that sunday in february him in 1990 when nelson mandela walked out. it was of course the most important moment in my journalistic career. you have to remember, if i can take people back in their memory, this was a man, people have hardly seen any pictures of him. his image was and. it was not lawful to have an image of nelson mandela. people were sent to prison for having a photograph of him. he had been suppressed. he finally made that walk to freedom. the very next day, i remember sitting in the garden at the first conference that he gave and i asked him quite simply, what surprised you most as he made that walk to the prison gates and he said, it was a number of white people that
PBS
Dec 6, 2013 11:00am PST
slow slide emotional obama some bio defense typical of the white house on the first official eye of the parties' season which was attended by members of the us military on the families. i was asked during this time that every american. find a way to honor these great americans not just during the holidays but every day. every day. and let us never forget the debt that we owe these men and women and their amazing families he takes two presidential mansion post writes top two costume with christmas decorations with every rain failed to pass the deck right to trees and seasonal olam entice them into the obama family dogs coming sunday miller retiring months has in many of the decorations as the newest additions to the family that don't slide that come with the text effects on mundine jumped on the policy guests the scandal ridden trying to hear his back and my lights was having raced from police wiretaps which suggests he could trying to mayor rob ford may have offered five thousand he dies in a car to suspected turned in a spirit to buy a video that allegedly shows he's a crack cocaine th
FOX News
Dec 7, 2013 10:00am PST
already served one year of his eight-year sentence. although president obama made a plea for the pastor's release in an historic phone call to iran's new president, the white house has come under scrutiny for not negotiating his release. that of two other americans during the latest nuclear talks with iran. >>> president obama's job approval rating, that's coming up. >> we're going to do it fair and balanced. it's not just issues with obama care though that have his second term agenda in question. >> finally, friends mourning the logs of actor paul walker. as they grieve, some of his so-called fans are trying to cash in on his death. >> unbelievable. and remembering our fallen heroes. first in hawaii, then in washington, where veterans are gathering to commemorate pearl harbor. [ paper rustles, outdoor sounds ] ♪ [ male announcer ] laura's heart attack didn't come with a warning. today her doctor has her on a bayer aspirin regimen to help reduce the risk of another one. if you've had a heart attack, be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen. yep. got all the coz
FOX News
Dec 4, 2013 10:00am PST
subcommittee. and the house oversight committee and investigating whether obama care man date are a product of government overreach. >> and how significant could it be that families show up on new year's day in the hospital needing a life- saving prescription and find that what they sign up didn't make it all the way through the process and they department have the coverage. how concerned should they be. >> i can't escape the notion the entirity of the affordable care act was solid on deception. consequences are becoming more evident every day. >> yesterday i logged in to the dc exchange where members of congress must go. we don't have as a front end or back end. in the federal system but systems that feed into it, and in fact, ready. >> last comments from darril issa, republican out of california who is with me now. that hearing is over. and what dow think today? >> one of the things we learned even when the obama care website works properly. we are still going to have the market distortions. republican and democrats and selected witnesses made it clear that the market distortions
KICU
Dec 2, 2013 11:00pm PST
. >>> only on 2 tonight, a new ktvu field poll shows president obama's approval rating in california continues to slip. the poll found 51% of those surveyed approved of the job president obama is doing in the white house. but 43% disapprove. and that number is up 8 points since july. it also shows 33% say the country is headed in the right direction. but 55% say we're headed in the wrong direction. >>> a midnight wedding in hawaii for 6 same sex couples. the state legislature voted last month to legalize same-sex marriage there. the law took effect today. the state's marijuana laws allow couples to register for a lightning and be married on the same day. hawaii is the 16th state to allow same-sex marriages. >>> it's going to be cool out there tonight, but not as cold as it will be coming up. the clouds are going to stay for the most part above freezing. when the clouds clear tomorrow, things really do change around. here comes the cold front. at midnight, you see maybe a little drizzle or something along the coast. maybe a few sprinkles. here comes the front, it sort of passes throug
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Dec 2, 2013 10:00pm PST
surveyed approved of the job president obama is doing in the white house. but 43% disapprove. and that number is up 8 points since july. it also shows 33% say the country is headed in the right direction. but 55% say we're headed in the wrong direction. >>> a midnight wedding in hawaii for 6 same sex couples. the state legislature voted last month to legalize same-sex marriage there. the law took effect today. the state's marijuana laws allow couples to register for a lightning and be married on the same day. hawaii is the 16th state to allow same-sex marriages. >>> it's going to be cool out there tonight, but not as cold as it will be coming up. the clouds are going to stay for the most part above freezing. when the clouds clear tomorrow, things really do change around. here comes the cold front. at midnight, you see maybe a little drizzle or something along the coast. maybe a few sprinkles. here comes the front, it sort of passes through. that's tomorrow morning at about 7:00 a.m. as we go through the day, it clears out. those clear skies tomorrow afternoon are going to make way for
ABC
Dec 2, 2013 4:00pm PST
crash and found richard still alive. >>> the obama administration says its health care website is now running glitch free after undergoing aparound the clock overhaul over the weekend. the white house offered specifics today on what change to keep healthcare.gov from crashing or sending out error mess answer. technicians fixed spots. the website can now handle 50,000 users at a time. >> we've made significant progress in improving healthcare.gov. and achieving a system that runs smoothly for the vast majority of consumers. >> republicans still aren't sold. the white house says it is working to improve the site and it isn't done yet. the administration is delaying a big push to get people enrolled until it's certain the technical glitches are a thing of the past. >>> overseas for a moment. benjamin netanyahu has met with the pope for the first time ever. netanyahu and pope francis met privately at the vatican for about 25 minutes today to discuss peace talks, iran and possible visit by the pope to jerusal jerusalem. netanyahu gave pope francis a book about the spanish inquisition writt
FOX
Dec 6, 2013 10:00pm PST
emphasis in which he has always put on the need for reconciliation. >> reporter: the white house says president and mrs. obama as long w-z former president george w. bush and bill clinton plan to attend the memorial event. >>> stpraáp announced their own memorial for nelson mandela. it'll be held in the rotunda and former mayor brown will attend. >>> san francisco animal control today arrested a man suspected of drowning two cat that is belonged to a homeless woman. animal control officers say they arrested lee roy patterson on drum street after a struggle. police say patterson confronted the homeless work last month on pier 15. he threw her belongings right into the bay including her two cats. patterson is now facing two counts of felony animal cruelty and if convicted he could get -p up -- could get up to two years in jail. >>> continuing coverage of the unseasonably cold weather affecting those who make live on the streets in san jose. >> reporter: emergency workers handed out covers in san jose . other homeless people there were sad about the death and worried about themselves. >
NBC
Dec 5, 2013 7:00pm EST
our democratic nation has died. >> the news was followed by president obama at the white house. >> we've lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings any of us will share time with on this earth. he no longer belongs to us. he belongs to the ages. >> part of ap emotional appearance late today by president obama in the white house briefing room. nbc news correspondent based in south africa was outside the mandela home when the news broke and remains there tonight and ro hip, all night tonight we have seen video of people gathering to sing and celebrate the life of nelson mandela, while it's important to remember a lot of south africans are still going to wake up to the sad news in the morning. >> reporter: that's right, brian. it is in credcredibly early in morning here, almost 2:00 o'clock and many south africans haven't heard the news yet. a few hundred of those who have came down here to nelson mandela's home they gathered around singing songs of the anti-apartheid struggle, singing it in all 12 language,multi cultural multi racial musical cel
NBC
Dec 5, 2013 5:30pm PST
announcement was followed within the hour by president obama from the white house. >> we've lost one of the most influential, courageous, and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time on this earth. he no longer belongs to us. he belongs to the ages. >> part of an emotional appearance late today by president obama in the white house briefing room. nbc news correspondent roh rohit kachroo. all tonight we have seen people gathering to celebrate and sing celebrating the life of nelson mandela. while it's important to note that some will wake up to the sad news in the morning. >> reporter: that's right, brian. it is incredibly early in the morning here. almost 2:00. and many south africans haven't heard the news yet. but a few hundred of those who have came down here to nelson mande mandela's home. immediately they have gathered around us. they are singing songs from the anti-apartheid struggle. singing in all 12 languages, multi-cultural, multi-racial celebration of the rainbow nation. and one of the fascinating observations here is how young people are. like south africa
FOX News
Dec 7, 2013 11:30am PST
do it. >> millennials are the ones who help catapult barack obama into the white house, voting for him 2-1. now the same harvard poll showw a majority of them disapprove of obama. 47% would recall him if they could. is that because they feel dissieved by him over this? >> i think, you know, young people i don't think they feel deceived. what i would argue, i think young people are trying to figure out, they're trying to find jobs. they're dealing with this horrible economy. also lands in the house of representatives where they understand nothing is getting done. the reason why we have a youth job crisis in this country is because there's been no jobs bill passed. i think the president -- >> -- trillion dollar stimulus shovel ready jobs bill in which even he admits, you know, there are no is up things as shovel ready jobs. how can you put the blame entirely on congress? isn't it the president? >> well, greg, think what we saw in the stimulus package from this president is he actually invested in america's future. he put teachers back to work. firefighters back to work. police office
FOX
Dec 2, 2013 5:00pm PST
chooses people for the no-fly list. >>> the obama administration said they fixed the majority of problems trying to use healthcare.gov. the white house said technical fixes and upgrades have been made to the site and although it is still not error frees it works 90 percent of the time. >> we believe it will function effectively for the majority of users. >> that is a major improvement over october when the site was operating 43% of the time and frequently crashed. officials say 375,000 visitors went to the site today, that is double the normal traffic for a monday morning. covered california launched a online insurance exchange for small businesses. employers with no more than 50 workers are eligible for the program. by signing up some small businesses could qualify for tax credits. officials say the market place offers employees and employers more options. >>> president obama pledged to continue the fight against aids here in this country and around the globe. he spoke at the white house of the advances the u.s. has made. >> today i am proud to announce we reached our goal, we exceeded o
ABC
Dec 6, 2013 2:35am EST
and diana? >> karen, mandela clear hero to president obama. will he be traveling to south africa for the memorial? >> no trip has been announced yet by the white house but it seems likely the president and possibly first lady would go over for the services when they happen over the next week or two. the president was so candid yesterday speaking about the influence that nelson mandela had in his life. he said he could not imagine living his life without the example that nelson mandela set. >> tell us more about president obama's last trip to south africa and when he first met mandela has a senator. >> reporter: president obama was in south africa in june. nelson mandela was very sick at that point. the white house said out of respect for him and his family they were not going to have the obamas a go and meet him. instead he took his wife and daughters to nominee's cell on robben island. he said it was a privilege and honor to be there. the first and only time they met is right after president obama was elected senator in 2005. it was at a hotel here in washington. the president a
ABC
Dec 6, 2013 5:00pm PST
known. >> now ron dellums sponsored antipart eyed act of 1984 the house and senate overrode president reagan's veelto of the act. the first in the 20th century. after this law, divestment began in earnest. >> president obama and first lady will travel to south after rick why for mandela's memorial service as will former presidents bill clinton and george w. bush. careen travers reports. >> he will be remembered for the way he led his dignity. >> crowds gathered outside of the home where mandela passed away. there were tears and prayers. there is also singing and dancing. details have been announced about the service that's were honoring his life and legacy. >> we should work together to organize a befitting funeral for this outstanding son of the country. >> his body was moved to patoria. sunday will be a national day of prayer. the stadium has symbolic meaning where he made his last pubic alear yens. closing ceremonies of the of the world cup in >> idea every human being ought to be free and oppression can end. that is what nelson mandela taught us. >> nelson mandela will be buried n
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Dec 6, 2013 6:00am PST
congress does not pass a new farm bill. president obama is optimistic a deal could be reached. the republican controlled house and the democratic controlled senate remain at odds over parts of the farm bill. especially cuts to the food stamp program. >> an opportunity for bipartisan cooperation on a comprehensive farm bill and hopes and expects that can be achieved before the end of the year. >> milk would not be the only item effected if there is no deal. all dairy products including butter, cheese, ice cream will soar along with corn, wheat, and soy beans. >>> time is 6:17. and happening now cal trains holiday train making a return this weekend. you've got to love christmas in the bay area. it is so fantastic. this is a live look at the train that is is getting ready for its public debut starting tomorrow. the train is decorated with 60,000 lights and stop at nine stations between san francisco and santa clara. look at that. santa, mrs. claus and their friends will be at each station. salvation army will be there to collect toy donations. the train begins its journey in san franc
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